Rogue One’s Neil Lamont: Tatooine was meant to be the setting for a now-scrapped Star Wars project

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Aug 15, 2018

With the Star Wars development calendar slightly less clear than it was before Solo: A Star Wars Story’s tepid box office sent Disney and Lucasfilm into a strategy huddle, we don’t know whether rumored projects like the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie ever will see the light of day. 

But, thanks to new information from Rogue One art director Neil Lamont, we at least know that Obi-Wan’s adopted home planet of Tatooine was intended to serve as the setting for an unspecified Star Wars project that, at least for the time being, the studio appears to have put on hold.

Lamont told Cinemablend this week that work on one of the spinoffs (he didn’t specify which) already had begun before Disney hit the pause button, and that Tatooine, along with “other new galaxies,” was meant to be the backdrop.

“We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spinoff and yeah. We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine — which would have been interesting, and some other new galaxies,” he said. “So hopefully, if that comes back, we'll get the chance to be able to do that further.”

Lamont didn’t reveal to Cinemablend whether the Obi-Wan standalone (which Ewan McGregor lately has been refuting) and the Tatooine setting are linked. Yet it’s not much of an imaginative stretch to think the rumored plot — which could have unfolded in the years between Episode III and Episode IV — would have put Old Ben on Tatooine, where he waits for Luke to take his first steps away from his aunt and uncle and into a larger world. 

Of course, there’re still a pair of actual Star Wars productions in the works beyond J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX: Jon Favreau’s upcoming Star Wars TV series for Disney’s digital platform, as well as the Boba Fett movie being helmed by James Mangold. And while there’s no overt reason to suspect Tatooine might not figure prominently in either, it’s pretty clear from Lamont’s remarks that he was describing some other Star Wars project.

Is the Obi-Wan standalone the only likely candidate that matches up with Lamont’s information? For that matter, are you ready for more Tatooine, or would you like to see the post-Skywalker Star Wars galaxy expand even further, introducing us to newer, unfamiliar places? Let us know whether an extended stay on Tatooine sounds like a Star Wars getaway you’d sign on for.

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